Just talked to Mark Jackson. I could hear him smiling.
"I'm going to be fine," Jackson said.
I could hear in his voice, the tone of peace in the way he talked, he knew his time with the Warriors was over. He probably wanted out as much as the Warriors wanted him out after, as Stephen Curry suggested, all the stuff he's had to deal with. But Jackson wouldn't talk about any perceived slights or explain why he think he was fired. He just called to say thank you on the record.
"Thanks to the Warriors organization for the opportunity they gave me. Thanks to the fans for the great support. Thanks to my players. I love them. And God bless."
I pried, but Jackson didn't want to get into it. He said he was headed home to be "a husband, a father and a pastor." I brought up the Lakers, he didn't take the bait. I queried him about the meeting with Joe Lacob, he didn't reveal any details. He just spoke glowingly about his three years with the Warriors, in which he amassed a 121-109 record (.526) and two playoff appearances (9-10).
"I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish," Jackson said. "A lot of people had a lot to do with it. It's a great opportunity. I wish them nothing but the best. The record will speak for itself. These players and the organization, it's a different place than when I got here. I'm proud of that."